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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Based in Amsterdam, KLM is the national airline of the Netherlands. Part of the Air France-KLM Group, KLM operates an extensive network which includes services within Europe and to Asia, Africa, North America, Central and South America and the Middle East. KLM is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance.

Location of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines main hub (Amsterdam Schiphol Airport)


 
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Air France-KLM: a new strategic plan awaits as 2Q marks another step on the recovery path

26-Jul-2014 7:09 PM

Air France-KLM's recovery continued with another year on year improvement in quarterly results in 2Q2014, mainly because it cut unit costs more quickly than the fall in unit revenues. Following its early Jul-2014 profit warning, it has made no further changes to its FY2014 EBITDA target, which remains EUR2.2-2.3 billion, and it continues to target net debt of EUR4.5 billion at the end of 2015 (versus EUR5.4 billion at the end of Jun-2014).

On the strategic front, Air France-KLM is accelerating the growth of its Transavia LCC subsidiary, although this unit is still loss-making, and is re-grouping its Air France point to point and Hop regional operations into a single business unit. In addition, it is examining further reductions to its full-freighter fleet, beyond those previously announced.

Air France-KLM is also working on its next five year strategic plan, to follow its Transform 2015 restructuring plan. To be unveiled in Sep-2014, the "Perform 2020" plan will focus on growth and competitiveness.

Delta Air Lines puts trans-Atlantic worries to rest as it posts strong 2Q2014 results

24-Jul-2014 11:55 PM

Delta Air Lines recorded strong results in 2Q2014, delivering its fourth consecutive quarter of unit cost growth below 2% while posting a 17% improvement in its quarterly profits.

Delta’s overall robust financial performance was driven by gains in its domestic and corporate markets. Despite some concern about overcapacity in the trans-Atlantic during the summer high season, Delta expects solid revenue growth on those routes, and is working with its joint venture partners to reduce capacity in the upcoming winter season to ensure a rational supply-demand balance.

As Delta believes its favourable cost performance will continue and domestic demand remain solid, the airline projects another favourable financial performance in 3Q2014, setting the stage for Delta to deliver on its stated goals of an annual 11% to 15% operating margin and a return on invested capital of more than 15%

Etihad 1H2014 results: The model's rapid evolution even more remarkable than a 28% revenue increase

10-Jul-2014 2:30 PM

It was never a question of if Etihad Airways would report revenue growth in 1H2014; the only question was the exact double-digit percentage by which it would grow. Etihad reports group revenue increased by 28%, a remarkable figure even by fast-paced Gulf standards, and one that stole most headlines. But total revenue has also been positively impacted by Etihad's acquisition of ground-based services.

Passenger revenue grew by a "slower" 14% – below the 19% increase in ASKs, although probably not all that remarkable in the short term with this rate of expansion. Yields, load factor and RPKs (in addition to profit figures) were not disclosed. Possible slowing of momentum comes as Air France-KLM and the Lufthansa Group in a letter to the European Commission accused all  Gulf carriers of "excessive growth".

Etihad's acquisition of ground services has clearly helped add diversification to the model, with passenger revenue now comprising only 64% of total group revenue, lower than at Emirates or Lufthansa. Partner revenues are likely to surpass USD1 billion in 2014, but the more significant figure is 1H2014 partner revenue accounting for 23% of total passenger revenue. This too will grow as new partnerships – including major ones with Jet Airways and Alitalia – bed down. Putting planes into the sky is relatively easy; selling their seats is the challenge.

Leaving aside the controversy, Etihad is creating a remarkable new model that continues to grow multi-dimensionally in ways that detractors might be wise to concentrate on – rather than merely accelerating their efforts to rescind change.

CityJet's new owner Intro Aviation to acquire new fleet, rebrand, move HO to Dublin: Peter Oncken

9-Jul-2014 3:44 PM

A couple of months after acquiring regional airline CityJet from Air France-KLM, new owner Intro Aviation faces a crucial decision about replacing CityJet's fleet of ageing BAE regional jets. This is likely to provide the key to turning around the heavily loss-making airline, whose main base is at London City. In spite of this being a high yield market from which to operate, and in spite of capacity cuts, the final years under Air France-KLM ownership were characterised by weakening unit revenues.

Decisions about rebuilding the network in a manner better suited to CityJet's market, and better able to bolster unit revenues, will depend to a great extent on its final choice of aircraft.

Moreover, the fleet choice should also have a considerable bearing on unit costs in the future. With three manufacturers in the running (Bombardier, Embraer and Sukhoi), the airline may shortly be able to provide a clearer view of how its negotiations are progressing.

All-business class North Atlantic airlines: Dreamjet seeks to avoid L'Avion's Paris-NYC nightmare

6-Jun-2014 3:36 PM

The North Atlantic and Europe are suffering a fall in their share of world premium traffic revenues. Moreover, the North Atlantic market has consolidated in recent years, to be dominated by the immunised joint ventures within the three global alliances (plus the new Delta-Virgin Atlantic JV).

So why are two new European all-business class transatlantic services currently planning to enter this market? It may be possible for a differentiated product, tapping into a defensible and large enough sector of this market, to succeed if its business plan is well devised and well executed. However, history is not attractive for a new entrant and previous attempts, before the global financial crisis, saw the rise and fall of Eos Airlines, MAXjet, Sliverjet and L'Avion.

In this first of two reports, we review the defunct all-business class transatlantic airlines and the all-business class services of existing network carriers. We also look at the business model proposed by Dreamjet, which plans to operate between Paris and New York this year. In part two, we will consider Odyssey Airlines, which plans to start up from London City to New York in 2016.

Gol presses forward with international expansion as it records losses in 1Q2014

21-May-2014 11:00 PM

Brazil’s Gol is continuing to expand into international markets as demand in the country’s domestic market remains tenuous, driven by uncertain economic conditions.

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (Gols') international diversification began a little over a year ago as it opted to return to the US market through stop-over flights in Santo Domingo, and the airline continues evaluations of establishing an official hub at the airport. In the meantime Gol is adding new flights from rival Azul’s base at Campinas Viracopos to Miami in Jul-2014. Gol is expanding its one-stop offerings to the US ahead of ambitious plans by Azul to introduce new service to the US in 2015 with Airbus widebodies.

International expansion and other measures Gol has taken to improve its financial performance resulted in some progress during 1Q2014, but the airline still posted an overall loss, driven by currency fluctuations and financing expense.

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